What I Read: August 2019

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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“Tolkien” Movie Review

When I first learned that there was going to be a biopic about J.R.R. Tolkien, I was excited but also extremely apprehensive. Tolkien was a man who might not be easily grasped by today’s culture: a devout Catholic, a loving and faithful husband and father, a survivor of the Somme in World War I, and someone who loved language so much that he invented several of his own, just for fun. Tolkien is criticized for a lack of female characters…

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G.K. Chesterton, Father Brown, and Evangelizing the Culture

At one of the local parishes, I help to lead a series called “Evangelizing the Culture”. We meet once a month and different people lead discussions on various books, movies, TV shows, or other forms of media from our modern culture and we look at how we can find messages relating to our faith even in seemingly secular work. I’ve led discussions ranging from the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, the Disney movie Moana, Homer Simpson, and John Green’s The Fault…

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What I read: October & November 2018

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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Hobbit-fest 2018

Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas are nice and all, but my favorite day of the year is my annual Lord of the Rings marathon. Traditionally taking place on the day after Thanksgiving, this is the day that I indulge in watching all three Extended Editions of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, which takes about twelve hours in total. It’s glorious. I also like to plan a hobbit-worthy menu for the day, which includes all seven hobbit meals spaced…

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